December 11, 2015
In order to condemn human rights violations and persecution in Coimbatore central jail, and various other demands, 300 members of Manithneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) took out a protest rally at South Taluk office in Coimbatore on December 11, 2015. The protest took a dramatic turn with the arrival of another faction of the political party.
According to S.S. Haroon Rasheed, treasurer of MMK, around 40 prisoners were lodged and persecuted in solitary confinement, and there are multiple violations of human rights in Coimbatore central jail. For these reasons, they have demanded that Mr. Palani, Superintendent of Central Jail, and Mr. Senthil, the jail warden, be dismissed.
He also requested that two prisoners, Abuthahir and Meeran Moideen, who are suffering from SLE (Systemic lupus erythematosus) and kidney failure respectively, be released on compassionate grounds.
There was confusion at the protest site with another group of MMK faction, the supporters of Jawaharullah, arrived and started to protest separately. The police had to intervene and pacify the two factions. They were eventually forced to arrest around 300 members, including 64 women and 20 children, of MMK (Ansari faction).